Kenya’s two-time world marathon champion and the World Championships silver medalist Edna Kiplagat will be heading to New York Marathon that will be held on Sunday (5) November in New York City,United States.
The 37 year-old won the 2010 edition before finishing dismally in 2013 and 2015 where she crossed the line in 9th and 10th position respectively. She has put that aside and her focus now is on the crown.
Kiplagat will battle for honors with the current women world marathon record holder Mary Keitany who will be heading there to defend her title.
Keitany who is fresh from claiming London Marathon title in record time and recent Great North Run will be a thorn for Kiplagat but she maintains her training are going on well and her body is in great shape.
“It’s about organizing yourself and making sure that everything is done at the right time.”
She said, “training for a marathon is all about planning. Having a husband (Gilbert Koech) who’s also a runner and her coach allows him to plan her training well.”
The Uasin Gishu born athlete was beaten to second place by her training mate Rose Chelimo who switched allegience to Bahrain at the 2017 World Athletics Championships where she said she made a wrong decision that cost her the title.
The mother of five said she has been training for New York for the past month and by the time of the race she will be ready for the battle.
“It’s not hard to balance the two,” she said of balancing being a mother of five and a world-class athlete.
Kiplagat led Team Kenya at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, where Kenya made history as the first Nation to take the first three podium places (Priscah Jeptoo took silver and Sharon Cherop bronze).
The course record of 2:22.31 still stands to date after it was set by Kenyan Maragaret Okayo 14 years ago.